Early days in Frederick County, Maryland, are recalled through a mixture of colorful tales, factual data, and individual biographies in this 126 page excerpt from J. Thomas Scharf's History of Western Maryland, originally published in 1882 by Louis H. Everts of Philadelphia. The booklet is printed on 8 1/2" x 11" 60# opaque paper. The front cover is an 80# card stock, protected with a vinyl sheet. Although this booklet is new, there were occasional smudge marks in the original book which we were unable to delete in reprinting the material. This is one of two booklets we are producing on Frederick County. The other booklet relates to the history of the City of Frederick and the Districts and Villages of Frederick County. Frederick County communities currently listed by the National Association of Counties include: Adamstown, Braddock Heights, Brunswick, Buckeystown, Burkittsville, Doubs, Emmitsburg, Fort Detrick, Frederick (County Seat), Graceham, Ijamsville, Jefferson, Knoxville, Ladiesburg, Lewistown, Libertytown, Middletown, Monrovia, Mount Airy (part), Myersville, New Market, New Midway, Point of Rocks, Rocky Ridge, Rosemont, Sabillasville, Thurmont, Tuscarora, Unionville, Walkersville, Woodsboro. (Many of these are not mentioned by name in the booklet.) Among the many subjects included are: Formation of the county in 1748; the exploits of certain clergymen, such as the Rev. Bennett Allen, the Revolutionary War years; Census figures; Land Grants, Soldier's Lots, Resurveys, etc. with many names; the Bench and Bar; Early Court Proceedings with Notable Trials and Executions and Early Marriages and Wills; Public Schools, Internal Improvements including Railroads, and Agricultural Societies; Necrology of Frederick County since 1749; County Officers; and other interesting bits of history and trivia. Attention Genealogists: This booklet is filled with names. In addition, there are individual biographies of many notable county residents. Some of these are brief, but most tend to be detailed and honest -- not burdened with the over-done praise sometimes found in these early books. Among these bios are: Frederick, the last of the Barons of Baltimore, Henry Harford, John Coode, Luther Martin (pix), William Pinkney (pix), Roger Brooke Taney (pix), William Wirt (pix), John Van Lear McMahon (pix), John Nelson, Reverdy Johnson, William Schley, Charles H. Pitts, Henry Winter Davis (pix), Thomas Johnson (first Governor of MD), Francis Scott Key, Alexander Contee Hanson, John Hanson Thomas, Francis Thomas, William Cost Johnson, Milton George Urner, General Bradley T. Johnson, Joseph M. Palmer, Richard H. Marshall, James McSherry (pix), Enoch Louis Lowe, Robert J. Brent, John Hammond McElfresh, Samuel Taylor, George W. Sands, Charles C. Smeltzer, J.H.C. Jones, John Hanson (pix), Isaac Shelby, Thomas Sim Lee, Charles Carroll, Moses Rawlings, the Johnson family, Capt. Thomas Johnson, James Johnson, Baker Johnson, Roger Johnson, General Bradley T. Johnson, Lawrence Everheart, George and John Stricker, Gen. John Stricker, Upton Sheredine, Capt. Henry Williams, Charles Beatty, Capt. William Beatty, the Jacob Hoffman family, Col. John McOherson, the Philip Thomas family, John Lee, Major Michael Buyer, William Elder, Henry Meyers, Gen. Anthony Kimmell, the Rev. Thomas Bacon, Bennett or Benedict Allen, Rev. Dr. Daniel Zacharias, Father John McElroy, the Rev. Bernard Michael Houseal, Jacob Englebrecht, George Trisler, James Cooper, George Baer, Daniel Sheffey, William Schley, Roger Nelson and Henry S. Geyer.